Williams Firsts

Williams College is proud to support our students who come to Williams as “first” in some way. The Williams Firsts community on campus includes students who are the first in their families to go to college, students who are the first in their communities to travel away after high school, students who are the first in their high schools to attend a college like Williams, and more. To be the first in any of these ways takes hard work and courage, and we are happy to bring these students together by invitation to the Williams Firsts community. 

  • Williams Firsts Pre-Orientation is a program designed to give incoming students and families an early opportunity to get to know Williams campus, resources, and our community.
  • The Williams Firsts Student Board organizes workshops, opportunities, trips, and social events throughout the academic year.
  • Members of the Williams Firsts community attend conferences annually with thematic focus on the first-generation and lower-income student experience.
  • The Williams Firsts Graduation Celebration gives students and supporters an opportunity to reflect on and honor the milestone of completing college the evening before Commencement. 

For questions about the Williams Firsts community, please contact the Dean of the College Office.

Follow the Williams Firsts community on Instagram @williamsfirstgen